The Ithacan has once again been named a national Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist by the Associated Collegiate Press. This is that organization’s top honor, commonly referred to as “the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism.” The award is for work produced during the 2012-13 academic year (Kelsey O'Connor, editor in chief).
The Ithacan is an Online Pacemaker Finalists as well. The winners of both awards will be announced at the fall National College Media Convention in New Orleans, October 24-27.
In addition, the paper has been named a Gold Medalist for 2013 in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s annual college newspaper critique. This recognition is for print and online work produced during the 2012-13 academic year (Kelsey O'Connor, editor in chief).
Each year the CSPA evaluates member papers on overall content, news, depth reporting, features, opinion/editorial, sports, arts/entertainment, editing/headline writing and design/graphics based on 150 specific criteria. This year the paper scored 976 points on the critique’s 1,000-point scale. The CSPA consistently ranks The Ithacan as a Gold Medalist, its highest category.
Among the judge's comments: “The Ithacan has continued to maintain the gold standard of journalism at Ithaca College. Congratulations on publishing an outstanding print and digital newspaper and your Gold Medalist and All Columbian honors. You entertain, inform, practice enterprise journalism and serve as a student forum, all in an exceptional manner.”
Finally, the paper was recognized at the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual convention in Anaheim, Calif., August 24–26 for being one of two finalists in the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category in SPJ’s annual Mark of Excellence Awards competition. The paper won first place last year.